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Pistorius Given 5-Year Prison Sentence for Killing Girlfriend
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A South African judge has sentenced Olympian Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa announced her verdict Tuesday in Pretoria, nearly seven months after the high-profile trial began. Defense lawyers said after the ruling they expect Pistorius will serve about 10 months in prison before completing his time under house arrest. Prosecutors had pushed for a 10-year prison sentence, while the defense... (Full Story)

Pakistan 'Temporarily' Blocks Pro-Opposition News Channel
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
For the second time this year, Pakistan has suspended a private television channel critical of the government. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, known as PEMRA, on Monday said it was immediately pulling ARY News off air for 15 days for "maligning" the court system on one of its shows. The channel must also pay a $97,000 fine. ARY has taken a pro-opposition stance in its coverage of protests calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation over... (Full Story)

Kurds, Islamic State Militants Continue Kobani Fighting
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants continue to battle in the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Plumes of smoke could be seen Tuesday from across the border in Turkey, as the two sides clashed again in the weekslong fight that has drawn international support to help the Kurds hold off militant attempts to take the town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said planes from the U.S.-led coalition also carried out fresh airstrikes in the area Tuesday, targeting... (Full Story)

Hong Kong Officials, Pro-democracy Protesters Meet - Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hong Kong officials and student leaders held talks Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides. (Full Story)

EU Targets Ministers, UAE Firm in Latest Syria Sanctions
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung to power despite a three-year-old civil war in which close to 200,000 people have been killed. The EU said the 12 ministers, appointed by Assad in a cabinet reshuffle... (Full Story)

Restaurant Bombings in Baghdad Kill 21
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said. The Iraqi capital has witnessed a surge in bombings over the past month, most claimed by Islamic State militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. Twelve people were killed in Baghdad's northern Talibiya district when a car bomb blew up directly in front of a restaurant and another in the parking lot. A homemade bomb exploded close to a... (Full Story)

Poland to Appeal European Court Ruling on CIA Jails
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Poland is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to re-consider its ruling that Poland violated its human rights commitments by hosting a secret CIA jail on its soil, the prosecutor general was quoted as saying on Tuesday. The court in Strasbourg said in a ruling issued in July this year that the CIA had used a facility in a Polish forest, code named “Quartz,” as a hub in its network of sites around the world where al-Qaida suspects were interrogated. Poland has always denied that... (Full Story)

Ukraine, Russia, EU Energy Chiefs Meet to Finalize Gas Deal
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to Kyiv in mid-June, adding to tensions sparked by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. After months of stalemate, pressure has mounted to reach a deal to allow gas deliveries for heating as winter... (Full Story)

Judge Sentences Pistorius to 5 Years for Killing Girlfriend
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A South African judge has sentenced runner Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa announced her verdict Tuesday in Pretoria, nearly seven months after the high-profile trial began. Prosecutors had said Pistorius should be given 10 years in prison, while his defense team suggested three years of house arrest and community service would be appropriate. The judge knocked down defense arguments that... (Full Story)

Watchdogs Allege Human Rights Violations, War Crimes in Ukraine
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Two major international watchdogs allege that human rights abuses and war crimes have occurred in eastern Ukraine this year, where clashes between Russia-backed separatists and pro-Kyiv forces have killed at least 3,500 people since April. On Monday, Amnesty International reported it has evidence that "strongly" suggests both sides carried out extra-judicial killings. In one case, investigators found nine bodies in mass graves. Five of the dead appeared to have been... (Full Story)

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